Okay...not so exciting for most but exciting for me! I bought Rosie a week and a half ago, and she pretty much hadn't been caught or ridden for 9 months. I rode her before I purchased her, but it was in a pretty safe setting and with people around, and she was so unrefined with every aid.
About a year ago I really lost my confidence with horses... thought I would never ride again, but then I started lessons again and bought Rosie, who is perfect. My last two horses didn't work out at all, and I didn't really get to ride them, too many problems.
I've spent the last week doing a lot of ground work, getting her ground manners up to scratch, getting her used to the saddle again, refining her rein cues and finally I got on today. She's out of condition so I literally rode her for about five minutes, just walking, halting and turning but she was wonderful! So much better than my first ride, just a short week of work already has really noticeable results in her responses.
I was so nervous to just jump alone but I did, and I am just going to ride for a short time everyday until I get more used to her. Just thought I would share my happiness :)
Anyone else achieve something, no matter how small, this week?